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Winona Hartvikson: Fast Track to the Top

For as long as she can remember, Winona (Noni) Hartvikson has had the horse bug. Born in the US midwest, she rode ponies at her uncle’s farm as a small child and at the age of 10, when her parents moved to BC, she convinced them to buy her a horse of her own. “I rode that horse everywhere,” Noni says. “On the roads, through the farms, jumping, swimming, racing the neighbours’ horses, bareback, English, Western you name it.” She even gave 50-mile endurance riding a try. Then came the necessary 10-year focus on higher education and career, meaning that horses took a back seat for a time. As the dust settled, the riding bug reappeared, this time with dressage as her discipline of choice. In 1992, a life-changing medical diagnosis changed Noni’s way of thinking. “When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I decided that I was going to…

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